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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Need a job? DCPS says you can be a hero for twelve dollars and fifty cents an hour.

Be a on hero, that's what it says on DCPS's school safety assistant qualifications page. 

Here is the job description and qualification.

Job Summary
The School Safety Assistant (SSA) maintains calm, deters crime, and ensures the safety, security, and welfare of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors in the assigned school.  
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have or be able to obtain a State of Florida (F.S.S. 790.06, Florida State Statutes) concealed weapons permit
  •  Have a valid State Issued Driver's license 
Training shall at a minimum consist of:
  • Must submit to and pass an initial drug test and subsequent random screenings
  • Must pass a psychological evaluation
  • 80 hours of firearms training
  • 16 hours of instruction in precision pistol
  • 8 hours of discretionary shooting instruction using approved simulator exercises
  • 8 hours of instruction in defensive tactics
  • 8 hours of instruction in active shooter or assailant scenarios
  • 12 hours of instruction in legal issues
  • Must successfully complete annual ongoing trainings, in weapons inspection and firearm qualifications
  • Must complete at least 12 hours of a certified nationally recognized diversity training program
And if you can do all above you can get a gun and be in our schools. Ugh, sadly this seems a bit light to me.

I think we should all acknowledge that with Tallahassee criminally under funding education, they have put DCPS in a deep hole, another problem I see is that DCPS has decided to keep digging.

Dd you know the QEA, the much ballyhooed philanthropist initiative gave TFA Jax 5 million dollars last year? That is money that never saw the inside of a classroom. Um, wouldn't it have been nice to have that money now to spend on actual police rather than little more than gun wielding security guards?

Where is the diversity training, and where is the deescalation training? I have to ask because I am more concerned about one of these assistants shooting a back talking and defiant student more than I am an armed intruder.  

I get it and I agree we want our schools to be made safer, and I cant emphasize enough how poorly Tallahassee has addressed the problem, but I can't help but feel this has made our schools less safe.    

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